Posts Tagged ‘treehouse’

Event report: Jet Kat’s Foreign Language Experience

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Jet Kat’s Foreign Language Exhibition is really an experience!

On Wednesday May 16th Jet Kat’s Foreign Language Exhibition opened with a theatrical act on the Spui in front of The American Book Center in Amsterdam.

Professor Russolo brought us, in black and white, the letters of the Alphabet. He guided us by word and by gesture with black and white sand to the ABC Treehouse where the exhibition itself  was held from the May 16-26 2012.

What I personally found most interesting about Jet Kat’s Foreign Language Exhibition was that it enabled the observer to not only look at art, but also ‘feel’ and experience it: this was achieved via the media of video, and the music composed by Kat to accompany each of the pieces in the exhibition.

The interaction of visitors and Jet’s art will eventually result in a book, made on the Espresso Book Machine.  You can still contribute to this interactive art experience.  Share your inspiration on Facebook, on Jet Kat’s website, or via Twitter: @jetkatart .

Event Reports: Reif Larsen and Jacob Vossesteijn

Friday, May 11th, 2012

The past 2 weeks saw 3 events happening around the ABC stores.  Here’s a quick recap of two of them!

Note: If you want to be informed about our upcoming events, sign up for the monthly Events Mailing here, or regularly check the Events List.

Reif Larsen,  The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet:

About 20 people heard Reif Larsen speak on visual storytelling at the ABC Treehut in The Hague on April 27th. Mr. Larsen was a very engaging speaker, bandying about such terms as “info-erotic” when talking about charts and visual data, and he made us all laugh repeatedly. He admired Glen Baxter (Colonel Baxter’s Dutch Safari) for his visual gags, and mentioned Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics as a great source of information about visual storytelling.  He also urged everyone to see the exhibition The Printed Book: A Visual History at the UvA (May 13th is the last day, so I’m afraid you’ll have to be quick…).  After his talk, Mr. Larsen answered questions, admitted that a movie is in the works and signed books. Photographer Henry Arvidsson filmed it all; a link will appear to his work as soon as it’s done.  All in all, a great evening was had! – Sophie.

Jacob Vossestein, The Dutch and Their Delta:

About 17 people came to the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam on May 3rd for Jacob Vossestein’s talk on the geography of the Netherlands and the need for water control.  Mr. Vossestein was friendly and enthusiastic and his talk was well-received.  Happily not just Dutch people came to the talk!  With a bit of luck, Mr. Vossestein will appear at the ABC Treehut in The Hague at a future date, so keep an eye out on our Events List or the Treehut website. – Klaartje.

Free writing workshop: “Embracing the Difficult: Writing Beyond What’s Comfortable.”

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

On Thursday February 9th, Fred Leebron will give a workshop for writers on “Embracing the Difficult: Writing Beyond What’s Comfortable.”

At this workshop writers will learn to transcend their unique writing voice via strategies that facilitate the accessing of new content, styles, and techniques.

First, the workshop will focus on creative writing foundations  of meaning, content and  technique, and then we will examine various constructs that expand and define a writer’s range of technique and the spectrum of his or her voice.

Participation in the workshop is free but places are limited. You can register for a place by contacting Claudia Clemente at Registration closes on Friday January 23rd.

About Fred Leebron

Fred Leebron is program director of the low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. He is also the director of the first European-based low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing, (associatedwith Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania).

Leebron himself has published three novels, a textbook, and two anthologies. Awards for his writing include a Pushcart Prize, an O.Henry Award, a Fulbright Scholarship, and numerous state and other grants. The film adaptation of one of his novels was a finalist for a Canadian “Oscar” in best adapted screenplay.

Leebron will be speaking in Amsterdam as part of a European tour in which he will give workshops and discuss the new European  MFA program. The program will be organized around rotating annual two-week residencies in Dublin, Barcelona, Vienna and Bratislava.  Faculty attached to the program include Jayne Anne Phillips, Aleksandar Hemon, Dinaw Mengestu, Robert Antoni, Jeffrey Greene, David St. John, Gwyneth Lewis, David Bezmozgis, and Kathryn Rhett.

What: Free workshop for writers on “Embracing the Difficult: Writing Beyond What’s Comfortable.”
Date: Thursday, February 9th
Time: 6pm
Place: The ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, Amsterdam
More information and registration: Claudia Clemente at

Events April/May

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


Saturday, April 9th: Learn how to write and publish a book at ABC!  Elise de Bres and Phillip de Josselin de Jong will take you on a journey from hatching the idea for a book to publishing it and branding yourself, at the ABC Treehouse and the ABC store in AmsterdamSee the separate post for all the details.

Sunday, April 10th: Join ABC’s Spiritual Book Club at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam from 15.00 – 17.00 hrs.  The current book pick is Anastasia by Vladimir Megre.  See the separate post for all the details.

Friday, April 15th: The 3rd annual Amsterdamse Boekennacht will see many events at both ABC Amsterdam and the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam.  Whether you’re interested in our Espresso Book Machine, music, language, poetry, or travel, there will be authors and experts galore to talk you through the subject of your choosing.  See the separate post for all the details.

Saturday, April 16th & Sunday, April 17th: Come say hi to the ABCers working the store stand at the Elf Fantasy Fair in Haarzuilens!  If you can spare the time between jousting, madrigal-singing, fire-breathing and what-else-have-you, that is…  :-)

Monday, April 18th: You can also join ABC’s Spiritual Book Club at the ABC Treehut in Den Haag!  Join this inaugural meeting from 20.00 – 22.00 hrs; the first book is After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield.  See the separate post for all the details.

Tuesday, April 19th: Designer Jonathan Lippincott will launch his book Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s at the ABC Treehouse in AmsterdamSee the separate post for all the details.

Thursday, April 28th: Writer and teacher Andy Baker will (hopefully) launch his book Travels with Greeley (printed on our EBMs!) at ABC Amsterdam from 19.30 – 20.30 hrs.  We’ll have a separate post with all the details up as soon as everything’s settled.

Friday, April 29th: Multi-talented Willy Vlautin will visit Borderkitchen in Den Haag to talk about his latest novel Lean on Pete, and to sing (Vlautin is also the frontman of Richmond Fontaine), starting at 20.00 hrs. See the Borderkitchen website for all the details.


Friday, May 6th: Both ABC stores will have a trade-in day.  A separate post with all the details will be up soon, but in the meantime you can check this for information.

Saturday, May 7th: Siobhan Wall will (hopefully) present her book Quiet London at ABC Amsterdam from 15.00 hrs onwards.  A separate post with all the details will be put up as soon as everything is settled.

Saturday, May 7th & Sunday, May 8th: Dog whisperer Cesar Millan is at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam.  Both dates are sold out, sadly, but we have every single book of his (and his audio books, and his flash cards), if you want tips on how to not only correct your dog’s behavior, but – more importantly – your own.

Tuesday, May 10th: Political thinker Francis Fukuyama will be at the University of Amsterdam to discuss his latest book, The Origins of Political Order.  This event is already sold out, too, though (so much for my plan of posting two months at once to give you all a head start…) but head on over to the John Adams website for more information (who knows, they might have a waiting list).

Saturday, May 14th: Earl ‘Raj’ Purdy will host a special workshop on Living the Course in Miracles at the ABC Treehouse in AmsterdamSee the separate post for all the details – and please note that if you book before April 15th, you get a EUR 10 discount!

As ever, if we’re missing English-language authors signing or talking in the Netherlands, and I know we miss out no matter how much we search, please let us know through the comments or by sending a mail to I will try to edit the info into the post as soon as possible.

Want to write a book? Do it yourself!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Our Espresso Book Machine is working great and we’ve started printing all sorts of curious and unusual books on it. If you’ve popped in to the store and been disappointed that it wasn’t in use when you visited, you’ll be pleased to hear that starting February 7th, we’ll be holding walk-in demonstrations on Monday Nights. Come along to ABC Amsterdam’s Second Floor any time between  6:30pm and 7:30 pm to see books being made. Maria will be on hand to answer any questions about the Espresso Book Machine and how it all works. In the meantime, there’s lots of information on how to have your own work printed on our EBM site.

If you’re interested in self-publishing, Jo Parfitt is holding a workshop at the ABC Amsterdam Treehouse this Saturday on “How To Write and Publish a Book”. There are still places available – see the blog post for all the details.  A host of other events for authors are planned to follow this one. We’ll be telling you about them later this month, once the details are ironed out.

Jo will also be available for free personal consultations in our Amsterdam store on Saturday February 5th. Sign up for a 15 minute appointment by sending an e-mail with your details to There’s more information on the clinic in the blog post.